H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccinations

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC)- The CDC is developing a vaccination for the H1N1 Virus and when it becomes available, local residents will not have to travel far to get it.

Monica Harrington, a Walgreens pharmacist stated, "We have placed our order for the H1N1 vaccination."

Harrington has been hearing customers growing concerns over when the H1N1 vaccination will become available.

"We have been getting a lot of questions about the H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine. We have ordered it, and as soon as it's available we will start distributing it to our patients," said Harrington.

Right now Walgreens is only carrying the seasonal flu vaccine, which many employees of Christus St. Patrick Hospital have already received.

Louise McDaniel, with Sr. Health Promotions at Christus St. Patrick Hospital said, "We are encouraging the community to go ahead and get their seasonal flu shot now."

The CDC has not defined a release date for the H1N1 vaccine, so in the mean time, individuals are encouraged to get their seasonal flu vaccination first.

"It's September, we know that it's a little early, normally we start in October, but because of the flu, we are encouraging everyone to get that shot," McDaniel said.

To get your flu vaccination, officials urge you to contact your family physician, a community clinic or your local pharmacy.

"Anyone ages nine and up can come to Walgreens and it cost $24.99 plus tax," said Harrington, "If you have Medicare part A or B, it is covered, it's no charge, but most insurance companies are not paying for it."

While the H1N1 vaccine will be coming soon, Harrington stated, "It's still very important to get your seasonal flu vaccination even though the H1N1 is not available yet."

The elderly, pregnant women, children, and those with chronic low immune systems are encouraged to get vaccinated.

You can walk into your local Walgreens or call to make an appointment for a seasonal flu vaccination,

You can also attend Christus St. Patrick Hospital's Community Clinic for seasonal flu shots at Prien Lake Mall, on October 10, 2009 from 10:00 am through 12:00 pm.

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